New Delhi: The BCCI hits back! Unhappy? It seems the Indian cricket board is rather angry with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, says a former BCCI official when asked about his views on the latest reports suggesting Anil Kumble might be brought back as chief coach next month.
However, sources have also told IANS that the legendary spinner might not accept the offer. And the post may go to either VVS Laxman or some foreign recruit.
Two days after Indian skipper Virat Kohli announced he will step down from T20 captaincy duty after the ICC T20 World Cup, a major reshuffle in the upper echelons of Team India management seems imminent.
Rohit Sharma is set to be handed over the duties after the T20 World Cup. Kumble and Laxman have been approached by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take over from Shastri as the head coach.
Shastri has already hinted of his days at the helm of the Indian team being numbered. He isn’t really eager to re-apply for the role once his current contract ends.
It is now also being heard that Virat and Shastri are facing the wrath of the BCCI. It is not happy with the way the duo managed the Indian team. One of the biggest criticisms of Kohli has been his decision-making. It has played a major role in deciding the outcome of India’s campaign at the ICC events.
Even some players within the team had complained that Virat was “unapproachable” when needed off the field. MS Dhoni’s “doors were open 24 hours a day for teammates”.
The former BCCI official, on condition of anonymity, told IANS that, “Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) was informed about all this through the people who were close to the team and he didn’t like it. Jay Shah even consulted other officials. Some players were also being contacted and their views were taken.
“The BCCI hit had long been coming to clip their (Kohli-Shastri) wings. It was started with the appointment of MS Dhoni as mentor (about which Kohli was not even aware). Also bringing of R Ashwin back into the T20 side. Ashwin was not given a chance in the recently concluded Test series despite his experience. So, all these things somewhere made the officials unhappy or rather angry,” he said, adding, “By plans to bring back Kumble (knowing past rift with Kohli), the Board is showing who’s the boss. Yeah, Laxman was also approached. But Kumble is the front-runner only if he accepts the offer.”
In its press release on Thursday after Kohli’s decision to relinquish T20 captaincy after the T20 World Cup, the BCCI secretary had also stated that the Board has a clear roadmap for Team India. However, it will be interesting to see whether the legendary spinner, Kumble, agrees to join or he still has not got over his past — the way he was treated last time.
Meanwhile, when MSK Prasad was contacted for his views, the former BCCI chief selector said that he will comment only after the World Cup. First of all, we should not talk about all this before the World Cup. Our focus should be to support our team to win the mega event. So right now, it is not the right time to say anything.